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by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Errata (HFT 2014)
Replies: 10
Views: 1088

Re: Errata

The question on Attention was odd. I don't recall the wording, but I for some reason buzzed with seeing color at the Stroop Test clue.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 53
Views: 4166

Re: Question-specific discussion

Can I see tossups on Tibet, Urals, WWI, Netherlands, Hawaii, Afghanistan War, and Alexander the Great? Thanks
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 1468

Re: General discussion

I agree about the difficulty cliff on third bonus parts. The stats haven't been posted yet, but I'm sure you will see little stratification above 20 ppb. Also, the history seemed easier than other categories in terms of clues in power.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIFT @ Kellenberg (Uniondale, NY) 11/22/14
Replies: 31
Views: 14223

Re: LIFT @ Kellenberg (Uniondale, NY) 11/22/14

Another school just dropped. Wilmington Charter's 4th team is in. Is any other school interested in the one open spot? Can any school currently in the field bring an extra team? Apologies for not dropping the 4th team earlier, but at this point it won't be feasible for us to arrange transportation ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sat Nov 15, 2014 9:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 55347

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Thank to Harvard for a great tournament. although the set was quite difficult, we did indeed enjoy. Congrats to State• College on the win.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 36338

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

quadrisecant wrote:Does your legitimate Charter A lineup include Varun or not?
yes, lol
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Other Academic Competitions - Urgent

Academic WorldQuest and Envirothon fit the criteria
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion
Replies: 19
Views: 7136

Re: Texas Camp/ DISCO discussion

Will this set be made publicly available?
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll
Replies: 22
Views: 10791

Re: 2014-15 High School Pre-Season Poll

Ok, so when I first saw that my ballot seemed suspicious to many people, I was honestly quite suprised. As Mohan said, I had no intention of "trolling" or otherwise I would have requested anonymity. My ballot was made in good faith, and believe it or not, I actually put decent effort into making it ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LIFT @ Kellenberg (Uniondale, NY) 11/22/14
Replies: 31
Views: 14223

Re: LIFT @ Kellenberg (Uniondale, NY) 11/22/14

Wilmington Charter would like to register 4 teams a buzzer.

Thanks
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 104748

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

I don't know who you included in your figure for High Tech, but their team this year should be similar to their 40th place C team at nsc TWO years (http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/1431/stats/combined_statistics/teamdetail/#t28). They return their second scorer from their A team and the top ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wed Jul 30, 2014 1:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!
Replies: 22
Views: 16107

Re: Richard Montgomery's HERMES available for mirrors!

HERMES Distribution 4/4 Literature (25% American, 25% European, 25% British, 15% World, 10% Misc.) 4/4 History (25% American, 25% European, 10% World, 10% Ancient, 30% Misc.) 4/4 Science (25% Biology, 25% Chemistry, 25% Physics, 12.5% Computer Science, 12.5% Other) 3/3 Fine Arts (40% Visual Art, 40...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 36338

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

Ha. I don't think there's that much to say. I'm going to have three other rising sophomores with me at the Kutztown ACE camp - are any other schools sending people? Some younger players from charter are attending. Looks as if we will have a promising B team again next year. Our A team roster will m...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Fri Jul 04, 2014 4:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9681

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

Can I see the Delhi tossup from 134? i negged it...
Thanks
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida 2014-2015
Replies: 7
Views: 2869

Re: Florida 2014-2015

From the FL NASAT performance, it becomes evident that both Ransom Everglade school and Bucholz will be national contenders next year. It becomes pertinent that schools such as Buchholz attempt to travel if possible and play out of region tournaments. I encourage kevin (Master) and Mike to try and c...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making Interesting Geography Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 11760

Re: Making Interesting Geography Questions

Well, the potential clues mentioned above are certainly meaningful and ones that I can appreciate (as someone who has dabbled in the study of architecture in a purely academic setting as well as having studied Millenium Park before). I would certainly enjoy answering a tossup like that, but why not ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:45 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Making Interesting Geography Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 7018

Re: Making Interesting Geography Questions

Well, the potential clues mentioned above are certainly meaningful and ones that I can appreciate (as someone who has dabbled in the study of architecture in a purely academic setting as well as having studied Millenium Park before). I would certainly enjoy answering a tossup like that, but why not ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Making Interesting Geography Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 11760

Re: Making Interesting Geography Questions

Speaking personally about my geography writing for the past three BHSATs and for various other events, I've been trying to include a much higher percentage of clues of this sort: -"cultural geography" clues (peoples, festivals, attire, cultural touchstones, foods, language groups, etc. of a place) ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Tue Jun 17, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Making Interesting Geography Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 7018

Re: Making Interesting Geography Questions

Speaking personally about my geography writing for the past three BHSATs and for various other events, I've been trying to include a much higher percentage of clues of this sort: -"cultural geography" clues (peoples, festivals, attire, cultural touchstones, foods, language groups, etc. of a place) ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 24
Views: 9489

Re: 2014 HSNCT conversion stats

Could I see conversion for Pantagruel and Bavaria? Thanks
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 63891

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I would actually be suprised if Michael Romanov wasn't powered in many rooms in that stage of the playoffs. Michael Romanov has been established in the high school canon, especially in History Bowl, and the clues from the beginning are all pretty much what is repeated in every Michael Romanov questi...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 63891

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I have some more thoughts on the Charlotte Amalie tossup. Although it was probably not converted very often, I think its definetly a relevant point of canon expansion. Adding new stuff to the Geography canon will make it harder to convert/powering Geography at HSNCT from simply memorizing old packet...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)
Replies: 35
Views: 14575

Re: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)

I'll play this online since I missed it at HSNCT.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 30792

Re: New England 2014-2015

AMSA has incredible potential next year, but I would like to note that both A-B and Lexington have beaten AMSA more than once in history bowl and/or quiz bowl and AMSA lost to Sharon at the state championship. Both Lexington and A-B did not perform to their potential at nationals this year. It is t...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Tue Jun 03, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 63891

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

I really liked the Geo tossups especially Charlotte Amalie and Chocolate.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England 2014-2015
Replies: 56
Views: 30792

Re: New England 2014-2015

From an outsiders perspective, New England could still do well next year. NY NJ teams will probably attend some tournaments as teams such as AMSA and Darien have the capability to crack the top 150 teams in the nation this comming year. Lexington players have shown the proclivity to improve, and I a...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Thu May 29, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 35769

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

There were a few ones that were buzzer races; I lost the buzzer race to Eric Xu on the "Italy" tossup when "Red Brigades" was mentioned, and lost the buzzer race on "Ming" when they mentioned the giraffe, but overall the history tossups were really nice, with very few buzzer races. Can I see the It...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon May 26, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 35769

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

This set was suprisingly more fun than I thought it would be (I was expecting some harder, more dry tossups as well as some random esoteric things thrown in, which I don't find as fun and interesting), and I really enjoyed many of the history questions such as burning at the stake and Seljuks. I thi...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon May 26, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 35769

Re: 2014 PACE NSC Questions Discussion

Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) wrote:Were the repeats also clue repeats? There's nothing wrong with asking about Iran (home of one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations) twice in a large tournament as long as both questions aren't about, say, Ayatollah Khomeini.
One was literature and one was history, if I remember correctly.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Thu May 22, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)
Replies: 35
Views: 14575

Re: Geography Monstrosity 6 (May 30, Chicago)

I would like to participate on a team along with Ved Paranjpe and some other people ideally.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sun May 18, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 38107

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Hunter returns some people who seem to be pretty involved, Jonathan, Douglas, Brent, Sarah, Albert, etc., so I think they will be fairly competitive. I also expect North Babylon to improve, as Emmanuel seems to want to improve. Otherwise I expect Rohan and Adithya to be the best team in NJ, but I do...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Tue May 13, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 38107

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Because I like to procrastinate on studying for APs, here are my nationals predictions: High tech A :shock: - 4th at HSNCT, 5th at NSC Rohan/Pat's astounding knowledge in geo/ce will take them quite far at HSNCT. I don't see them being hurt too much by their lit/fa weakness at NSC due to their abili...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon May 12, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Personal Aggressiveness
Replies: 7
Views: 2319

Re: Personal Aggressiveness

Simply learn more things, and what you do know, you should know really well. When a phrase triggers my memory, I buzz in. I don't really strategize about it. If you are at the point where you left guessing early on many questions, I think the simplest thing is to just improve and learn more stuff, s...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sun May 11, 2014 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying for Poetry
Replies: 11
Views: 3328

Re: Studying for Poetry

I like to obviously read the poem, and then I like to read the analysis to really understand what the poet is trying to get across. Reading the analysis also helps me remember the poem in general because it makes a lasting impression. Then maybe try going on quinterest and reading some questions to...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sun May 11, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying for Poetry
Replies: 11
Views: 3328

Re: Studying for Poetry

The book Understanding Poetry by Brooks and Warren was recommended elsewhere on this site and has been a fantastic resource for enjoying poetry. Although I haven't studied it for quiz bowl purposes so far (mostly because other people on my team know more about lit/poetry), I'm sure you would get ton...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 10383

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

I will probably be starting a separate thread in the general area of the board that basically says "the stuff we wrote for Geography Olympiad is what geography is supposed to look like, and the rest of quizbowl needs to follow suit." There is so much interesting stuff out there about world cultures...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals thread
Replies: 28
Views: 12627

Re: NHBB Nationals thread

With the disclaimer that I wasn't there: I worry that it will be difficult in the future for the US History Bee, Geography Olympiad, the Bee, and the Bowl to all occupy one three-day time span, and wonder if participants think the US Bee was a valuable use of time/resources or an extraneous use of ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Regionals Sets Now Posted
Replies: 2
Views: 1390

Re: NHBB Regionals Sets Now Posted

Will the US History Bee Regional Set be posted?
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sat Apr 19, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Study American History
Replies: 21
Views: 6997

Re: How to Study American History

Shorter textbooks, like the one published by AMSCO (I don't remember what it's called, we just called it "AMSCO") that are usually used to study for the APUSH exam, can be helpful. . This is what I recommended you earlier, and I think it's still the best option at this point. You'll learn the most ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Field Set for 2014 National History Bowl / Updated Seeds
Replies: 19
Views: 5775

Re: Field Set for 2014 National History Bowl / Updated Seeds

Another issue I've noticed in the past was that it seemed like certain categories were much easier than others. For example last year three of the choices were Roman Battles, British Symbols, and Southeast Asia. Even though the questions may not have inherently been any easier, the education I've h...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 42100

Re: It's Academic discussion

All this shows is that the good quizbowl circuit needs better expansion, not that KMO or It's Academic or Atari Club or playing checkers or literally eating grass is the solution to connect schools to good quizbowl. Surely things like, I dunno, more accessible, cheaper high quality HSAPQ, NAQT, or ...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sat Apr 12, 2014 9:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 42100

Re: It's Academic discussion

The IHSA has apparently gotten worse this year as a side-effect of all the good writers resigning in protest and/or being fired for reporting plagiarism. VHSL Scholastic Bowl hasn't gotten worse in terms of questions in the past few years, although the redistricting nonsense that occurred right bef...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sat Apr 12, 2014 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 42100

Re: It's Academic discussion

Another quick point I'd like to bring up: Who actually appreciates good quiz bowl? Again, put yourselves in the shoes of one of administrators of a state organization such as those previously mentioned. How will they understand that one-line questions are bad? How will they realize that foreign lang...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 105
Views: 42100

Re: It's Academic discussion

I just wanted to say that a quiz bowl show may not be a bad thing even if it is run on a "bad" quiz bowl set. Before the Comcast challenge ended here it appears far more Delaware teams were involved in good quiz bowl as well. Now, it's just us. The shows may help to motivate schools to encourage pa...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 176
Views: 124566

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I learned about the book David Copperfield from the Meek Mill song "Black Magic" two years ago.
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving PPB
Replies: 8
Views: 4785

Re: Improving PPB

Just learning things in general and your typical quiz bowl studying should obviously increase your PPB in addition to your ability on tossups. When you are studying (from books, wikipedia, quinterest, etc.), take a second to imagine what a possible 3-part bonus would be at a ceratin difficulty level...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Middle School to High School transition
Replies: 5
Views: 1779

Re: Middle School to High School transition

Isn't it really the case that Delaware only has about 1 team in high school that is actually what one may call super serious (yours), and a bunch of teams that do a TV thing with a couple who show up to a few tournaments otherwise? That's your problem right there, high school freshmen can't be expe...
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Sun Mar 30, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Question-specific requests and discussion
Replies: 29
Views: 2968

Re: Question-specific requests and discussion

Also, the Chinese performing arts bonus was something I found stupid and an unnecessary ppb killer. I would be interested if there were conversion stats on this bonus. Conversion stats for the Hunter site have been crunched. This bonus averaged 18.13 ppb in 16 rooms. The 0/10/20/30 spread was 1/6/4...